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 for vitriolic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vitriolic \Vit`ri*ol"ic\, a. [Cf. F. vitriolique.]
     1. (Chem.) Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or
        resembling, vitriol; vitriolous; as, a vitriolic taste.
        Cf. Vitriol.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Biting, bitter or caustic; having or expressing strong and
        unpleasantly negative feelings; -- of speech or feelings;
        the vitriolic denunciations of opponents by partisan
        columnists.
        [PJC]
  
     Vitriolic acid (Old Chem.),
        (a) sulphuric acid. See Vitriol
        (b) . [Colloq.]
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  vitriolic
      adj 1: harsh or corrosive in tone; "an acerbic tone piercing
             otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments";
             "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter
             words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about
             political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical
             ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic
             critique" [syn: acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid,
             bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous,
             sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic]
      2: of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of
         destroying or eating away by chemical action [syn: caustic,
         corrosive, erosive, vitriolic, mordant]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  64 Moby Thesaurus words for "vitriolic":
     acerbic, acid, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, antagonistic,
     antipathetic, asperous, astringent, belligerent, biting, bitter,
     caustic, clashing, colliding, conflicting, cutting, despiteful,
     double-edged, edged, envenomed, escharotic, fierce, full of hate,
     harsh, hateful, hostile, incisive, irritating, keen, malevolent,
     malicious, malignant, mordacious, mordant, nose-tickling,
     penetrating, piercing, piquant, poignant, pungent, quarrelsome,
     rancorous, repugnant, rigorous, rough, scathing, set against,
     severe, sharp, sore, sour, spiteful, stabbing, stinging, strident,
     stringent, tart, trenchant, vehement, venenate, venomous, violent,
     virulent
  
  

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